Dr Laurie Lindey

MA (RCA), PhD (Lon), Research Officer, British and Irish Furniture Makers Online (BIFMO)

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Laurie Lindey is Research Officer for the British and Irish Furniture Makers Online project in the Centre for Metropolitan History. The first phase of this project began in September 2016 and will run for twelve months, culminating in a searchable online database. Central to this initial phase is the digitisation of the Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840 which will be enhanced by the inclusion of the apprenticeship bindings and freedom registers of the London Joiners’ Company, 1640-1720. Following the completion of this initial phase the project aims to move into a second stage, where the emphasis will be on editing the database and developing it with new research to broaden the thematic and chronological scope.

Laurie’s principal research interests lie in the social, economic, and cultural history of London in the early modern period—with particular interest in the people, crafts and guilds associated with furniture making. She studied design history in the Royal College of Art before moving to the Institute of Historical Research to continue her research in the Centre for Metropolitan History. Her doctoral thesis was an examination of the London furniture trade in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, focusing on the relationship between London livery companies and the furniture industry, its tradesmen, their methods of manufacture and retail, and the spatial logic of the trade.

Research and publications

  • ‘Thomas Warden (c. 1660 – 1701) and cane chair makers in the City of London’, Journal of the Furniture History Society, 52 (2016), 17-33.
  • ‘A Restoration London Cabinet and Looking Glass Maker: Edward Traherne, Journal of the Furniture History Society, 50 (2014), 17-36.
  • ‘Apprenticeship in the Joiners’ Company: 1640 – 1720’ Journal of the Regional Furniture Society, 22 (2008) 1-27.
  • ‘Labelled furniture from the White Swan workshop in St. Paul’s Churchyard (co-authored with Adam Bowett), 1711 – 1735’, Journal of the Furniture History Society, 39 (2003), 17- 98.


  • ‘Looking for Gerrit Jensen’, Journal of the Furniture History Society (co-authored with Adam Bowett), 53 (2017).

Research interests

  • Innovation and the transfer of skills in the early modern period
  • The roles of women and minorities in British urban manufacturing industries
  • The relationship between advertising and the consumer
  • The gendering of domestic interiors and relationship of gender and commerce